Approximately 30 percent of adult male and 70 percent of adult female population in a developed country are on at least on a diet. This goes to show that many people strive hard and will do everything just to shed their excess body weight. There is nothing wrong about dieting, though. In fact, most people who are engaged in any type of diet program successfully lose weight in a matter of weeks or months. However, that's the end of the story. Dieting is one thing. Maintaining the new weight is another. Unfortunately, few people can actually sustain their new weight. This is according to a new study conducted by the University of California.
The new research found out that 2 out of 3 people who have undergone a diet regimen lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight. But measuring the effect of diet to people in a longer term (2 to 5 years), the research suggests that these people are better off not dieting at all because the weight they have lost during the first few weeks or months of dieting is gain after some time, and more… The bottom line is, majority of people who are taking one type of diet cannot simply lose weight and avoid gaining pounds permanently.
Why diets do not work?
First. Most people on a diet cannot sustain the type of lifestyle and eating habits that a diet program requires. The result of this is people to go back to their former eating pattern and lifestyle pattern after they have already achieve their target weight. Obviously, the result is gaining more weight than they actually had before.
Second. People have a short willpower. It may be strong at the beginning but will eventually fade as time goes on- as they realize that going on a diet is not actually as easy as they think it is. Of course, the strength of willpower differs from one person to another. This is the reason why there are people who can actually maintain a diet program for 1 year and there are people who can only maintain it for few months. Nonetheless, willpower is a big factor that dictates someone whether to continue loosing weight or not.
Third. It is hard for people on a diet to maintain a strict eating habit/pattern if they see others eating the type of foods they have to let go. In other words, the people around them contribute to failure of diet. If you are familiar with the reality show, “The Biggest Loser", you will see how hard it is for one person to go back to his/her real world. Surely, they have worked so hard to lose weight but after they were sent home, emotional stress sets in and they easily give up their new habit just to blend in.
Fourth. People give up dieting and revive their former lifestyle to avoid stress. Old habits die hard especially if we love it so much. So, no matter how dedicated a person is to his or her diet, there is a great temptation that he or she will eventually give up because keeping an old habit out of the system is simply stressful.
The right thing to do…
Doctors suggest that diet is not the solution to a weight loss and achieving a normal weight, staying healthy is. What does staying healthy means? It means making correct choices on food to eat. Balanced food intake is a must as well. The FSA suggests that people, in order to stay healthy, should eat more fruits and vegetables; more protein-rich foods like pulses, eggs, meat and fish; more starchy foods such as bread, pasta, potatoes, and wholegrain rice; less sugar, fat and salt.
On the final note, diets are not totally effective but it does not mean that diets are totally useless. As the research suggests, a small portion of people actually maintains their current weight after diet. It is up to each individual to totally dedicate him/herself with the type of lifestyle and habits that dieting requires. But remember that eating right, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is still the best combination if you want to stay healthy without placing your body into a great deal of stress with erratic changes in weight.
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